Lingui: The Sacred Bonds

  • Queensland Premiere
  • Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Belguim, Chad, France (2021)
  • 18+
87 min

Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun presents a simple, beautiful film about convention and tradition in Lingui: The Sacred Bonds, a film dedicated to depicting the dilemma of a 15-year-old girl seeking an abortion in an Islamic African country where the practice is both taboo and illegal.

On the outskirts of N’djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. Her already fragile world collapses the day she discovers that her daughter is pregnant. The teenager does not want this pregnancy. In a country where abortion is not only condemned by religion, but also by law, Amina finds herself facing a battle that seems lost in advance…

The quiet, gentle nature of the film stands in sheer contrast to the intense passions, legality, and issue-driven melodrama. A profoundly moving film about a mother and daughter navigating life.

Viewer advice: topics covered in this film may be confronting for some viewers.

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  • Language
    Chadian Arabic, French
  • Director
    Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Cast
    Achouackh Abakar, Rihane Khalil Alio
  • Screenwriter
    Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Genre
    Drama

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